STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1671
RE: S.B. No. 1291
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 1291, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Include autocycles equipped with handlebars in the definition of motorcycle in the Highway Safety Act; and
(2) Exempt motorcycles and motor scooters with a roll bar or roll cage from the safety helmet requirement.
Your Committee finds that existing law is unclear whether certain three-wheeled electric vehicles that use handlebar steering in place of a steering wheel are classified as motorcycles or autocycles. As a result, operators of these vehicles must obtain a motorcycle endorsement for operation, even though the vehicles handle very similar to front wheel drive automobiles. This measure clarifies that electric vehicles with three wheels and handlebars can be operated with a general class 3 driver's license.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1291, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair